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U.S. doesn't know what North Korea is doing

Kim Jong Un

North Korea openly has been threatening the rest of the world, and specifically the United States, for years. The rhetoric has intensified in recent months as the rogue Communist nation has repeatedly conducted bomb tests and missile launches in violation of international agreements, reveals a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

President Donald Trump, following a Barack Obama tenure in which the danger surged but was unaddressed, repeatedly has warned that Kim Jong-un needs to fall into line and behave, even suggesting military action has not been ruled out.

But a report that has appeared in Politico talks about the situation’s difficulties.

Jacqueline Klimas explains, “U.S. efforts to penetrate reclusive North Korea have been so confounding for so long that the military likely doesn’t have enough accurate intelligence to take out its nuclear and missile facilities even if President Donald Trump ordered it.”

Trump himself seemed to note a certain level of uncertainty, explaining at a White House news conference about action against North Korea, “Is it inevitable? Nothing’s inevitable.”

“Because the so called Hermit Kingdom has long been one of the most impenetrable intelligence targets – the top U.S. spy earlier this year called it ‘one of the hardest, if not the hardest’ – there is low confidence airstrikes or other means of attack would successfully thwart its nuclear and missile ambitions without leaving significant elements of its arsenal for Pyongyang to retaliate with,” the report said.

Klimas cited the comment from Douglas Pall, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “You don’t want to stir the hornet’s nest and the hornets are still there when you’re done. If you’re giving options to the president … one of the very first things we have to say is we can strike what we can see, but we don’t know what we can’t see.”

He continued, “Generally speaking, I don’t think it’s overstating to say we’re still groping in the dark.”

The reported noted different spy agencies often reach differing conclusions about North Korea because of “the difficulty collecting and interpreting intelligence on North Korea.”

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.